Confidence growing in City: survey

first_img whatsapp KCS-content Sunday 9 January 2011 11:11 pm whatsapp Share CONFIDENCE among City firms is growing on the back of strong business volumes and expectations of rising profitability, a survey shows today.The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and PwC Financial Services survey paints a picture of steady recovery in the City over the past quarter, brightened by a boom in individual investment that has driven demand for asset managers and securities traders.But in a stark warning to regulators a majority of firms said they would have to invest more in compliance over the coming year and 80 per cent believed the UK was losing its competitive edge as a financial hub.Andrew Gray, UK banking leader at PwC, said bank confidence was at the highest level seen in five years, while interbank business volumes showed a heartening fall in the past three months.“It reflects the fact that banks have done an awful lot to bolster their balance sheets and become self-sustaining over the past year,” he said. Banks remain optimistic about the next quarter’s outlook, despite seeing little change in business volumes and profit falls in the last quarter. Show Comments ▼center_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: NULL Confidence growing in City: survey by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comlast_img read more

Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC.sz) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgRoyal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC.sz) listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC.sz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC.sz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC.sz)  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileRoyal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC) Limited is the largest company in Swaziland with interests in sugar cane farming and manufacturing refined sugar products and ethanol for regional consumption and import to the rest of Africa and Europe. RSSC produces beverage-grade ethanol that is used in alcoholic beverages as well as pharmaceuticals and water treatment products. The company produces feints used to manufacture methylated spirits and bio gels. It also produces compressed molasses stillage used to produce liquid fertilisers. RSSC manages approximately 15 600 hectares of irrigated sugar cane on two estates leased from the Swazi Nation and manages an additional 5 000 hectares of half of third parties. It has capacity to produce 2.3 million tonnes of cane per season and about 430 000 tonnes of raw sugar per season. RSSC is a subsidiary of Tibiyo Taka Ngwane with headquarters in Simunye, Swaziland. Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation is listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Three philanthropy groups combine to produce Philanthropy Impact

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The European Association for Philanthropy and Giving (EAPG), Philanthropy Advisers Forum, and Philanthropy UK have combined to form Philanthropy Impact, and their new website is now live.The new organisation is a strategic partner of the Cabinet Office, which also sponsors its website. This has been developed in collaboration with the Community Foundation Network and New Philanthropy Capital and it incorporates content drawn from the Philanthropy UK and EAPG websites. The Guide to Giving and Giving Advice sections of the site are based on content from ‘A Guide to Giving’, published by Philanthropy UK in 2003.Philanthropy Impact aims to making sense of and inspire philanthropy throughout the UK and beyond. Advertisement  50 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Three philanthropy groups combine to produce Philanthropy Impact It also publishes a regular free email update, ‘Philanthropy Impact Digest, and a quarterly magazine ‘Philanthropy Impact Magazine’, the first issue of which will be published at the end of this month.www.philanthropy-impact.orgcenter_img Tagged with: European Association for Philanthropy and Giving Giving/Philanthropy New Philanthropy Capital Howard Lake | 15 February 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

The Budget for charities: the key announcements

first_img Tagged with: Budget Melanie May | 4 March 2021 | News Advertisement The Budget for charities: the key announcements CBILS & SITRAlso in the Budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced that the government would be extending the operation of Social Investment Tax Relief to April 2023. This enables investors to get 30% off the cost of their investment off their next income tax bill, and social enterprises, charities and community businesses have so far raised £15 million using the relief. The SAVE SITR campaign had asked for its ‘sunset clause’ to continue for a further five years. In the Budget, it was stated:‘The government will continue to support social enterprises in the UK that are seeking growth investment by extending the operation of SITR to April 2023. This will continue availability of Income Tax relief and Capital Gains Tax hold-over relief for investors in qualifying social enterprises, helping them access patient capital. This measure will be legislated for in Finance Bill 2021, and a summary of responses to the consultation held in spring 2019 will be published on 23 March.’Big Society Capital is one of the SAVE SITR campaign partners. Melanie Mills, its Senior Director, Social Sector Engagement, commented:“We are delighted today to hear the Chancellor’s continued support for Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) for another two years, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to the social sector and the role it can play in the levelling up agenda. Today’s promise will enable vital patient and affordable capital to continue to be unlocked for social enterprises, charities and community businesses, allowing them to build back better and fairer.“Saving SITR is just the first step towards unlocking more private investors’ capital to support social enterprises and charities. Now, our action is to improve and extend it. We look forward to working with the Enterprise Investment Team within HM Treasury and Civil Society and Youth Directorate within DCMS to reform SITR, so that it can fulfil its potential.”The government also announced that a new Recovery Loan Scheme would replace the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). 33 VCSE organisations including Big Society Capital, Social Investment Business, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Charity Bank had all written to the government ahead of the Budget with a number of asks for the replacement scheme. The Budget stated:‘From 6 April 2021 the Recovery Loan Scheme will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on eligible loans between £25,000 and £10 million to give them confidence in continuing to provide finance to UK businesses. The scheme will be open to all businesses, including those who have already received support under the existing COVID-19 guaranteed loan schemes.’In response to this announcement, Stephen Muers, Interim CEO, Big Society Capital said:“We welcome the introduction of the new ‘Recovery Loan Scheme’ programme, which replaces the existing coronavirus loan schemes that were launched in spring last year. The UK’s 100,000 social enterprises employ 2 million people and contribute £60 billion to the UK economy, so it is vital that this new scheme supports them in accessing the financial support they need to get through the pandemic. “We look forward to seeing more detail on the policy and how it might support frontline organisations in creating impact for their communities amidst highly challenging circumstances.” Armed Forces charities, Thalidomide support, domestic abuse services, and cultural institutions are among the charity sectors pledged support in yesterday’s Budget. In the Budget, the government pledged to provide up to £475,000 to Armed Forces charities in 2021-22 to support the development of a digital and data strategy for the sector. This will aim to improve how charities work together and with government. It will also help to ensure that members of the Armed Forces community across the UK can access support when they need it.There will also be an additional £10 million in 2021-22 to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, ‘to deliver charitable projects and initiatives across the UK that support veterans with mental health needs, ensuring that veterans can access the services and support that they deserve’.The government also announced an additional £19 million towards tackling domestic abuse. This will include £15 million in 2021-22 across England and Wales ‘to increase funding for perpetrator programmes that work with offenders to reduce the risk of abuse continuing, and £4 million between 2021-22 and 2022-23 to trial a network of ‘Respite Rooms’ across England to provide specialist support for homeless women facing severe disadvantage’.£300 million will be provided to extend the Culture Recovery Fund to support national and local cultural organisations in England as the sector recovers. £90 million will also be set aside to continue support for government-sponsored National Museums and cultural bodies in England.A £150 million Community Ownership Fund was also announced that will allow communities across the UK to invest to protect the assets that matter most to them such as pubs, theatres, shops, or local sports clubs.An additional £25million will go into community football facilities this coming year for example. Commenting on this, the Football Foundation’s CEO Robert Sullivan said:“This is an announcement of huge significance that will help to transform the quality of sports facilities in the UK. As we recover from the Covid-19 health crisis we need community football now more than ever. Football has the power to transform lives and we must ensure people have access to great places to play.“This new Government funding, alongside the investment of the Premier League and The FA, will help accelerate the delivery of the local football facilities plans that we have developed for every community in England and will ensure we build on the 17,600 grassroots football facility projects worth over £1.6billion we have delivered over the past 20 years.”The government also pledged a lifetime commitment to continue the Thalidomide Health Grant in England when existing funding runs out in 2022-23, including an initial downpayment of around £39 million, to ensure ‘that no-one supported by it has to worry about the future costs of their care’. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  334 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Join Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Donegal Hospice

first_img Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Join Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Donegal Hospice People are being encouraged to join Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise vital funds for hospices.The Donegal Hospice Coffee morning is getting underway at 10am until 2pm today.Events are also taking place in offices, community centres and GAA clubs across the country – and all funds go straight to providing hospice services.Over 35 million euro nationally has been raised since the initiative began.Eleanor Flew from Our Lady Hospices hopes today will be record-breaking:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/hostytytytpice9am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – September 20, 2018 Google+ WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Previous articleProtection of rare bird could hamper Donegal wind farmNext articleGAA Programme – Glenfin v Moville for Donegal Ladies Title News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Wage subsidy scheme available until March 2021

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp Facebook The wage subsidy scheme will now be available until March 2021. The scheme is being revamped next week, making it easier for employers who have been impacted by the pandemic to access.Sixty-nine thousand employers have availed of the support to date.Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says the scheme will also be open to more people.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/dondfsdfsdfhoe9am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter By News Highland – August 28, 2020 center_img Wage subsidy scheme available until March 2021 Previous articlePublicans want Government to announce financial package todayNext articleShane Duffy is a Brighton player – Graham Potter News Highland WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebooklast_img read more

Center’s auction

first_img “Volunteers brought side dishes and Raymond Sexton barbecued tenderloins,” Metzger said. “The food was outstanding. We didn’t have a full house, but it was close. And, for this time of year, participation was outstanding.”The fund-raising event included silent and live auctions and every item “on the block” was sold.“Larry Hancock was the auctioneer and he kept things moving and fun,” Metzger said.“Everyone had a good time with it. We were excited that we exceed our goal. We are so blessed here in Troy and Pike County to have people willing and able to support us so that we can continue to bring quality exhibits and programs to the Johnson Center for the Arts.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Skip The funds raised through “Christmas in the Center” will be used to bring world-class exhibits to the arts center.In January, the center will feature a quilt show of 18 African American quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.“The featured quilt artist for this show will be Yvonne Wells, an Alabama artist who has gained world acclaim,” Metzger said. “The show will also include a couple of quilts by the Gee’s Bend quilters.In the downstairs gallery, there will be an exhibition of 52 of Bill Wright’s black and white environmental photographs from around the world.Metzger expressed appreciation to all of those who contributed in some way to the success of the “Christmas in the Center” fund-raiser.He also invited everyone to visit the Christmas Extravaganza, a display of Christmas trees, at the Johnson Center for the Arts through Jan. 2.“The Johnson Center is a good place to bring visitors during the holidays,” he said. “We welcome them and, as always, admission to the arts center is free.”Hours for the Johnson Center for the Arts are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 until 5 p.m. on Sunday. The center is closed on Mondays. Published 12:07 am Friday, December 19, 2008 Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “We were excited and pleased with the ‘Christmas in the Center’ event,” Metzger said. “It opened with Shelia Jackson and Friends at the Johnson Center for the Arts. It was wonderful to be sitting among the Christmas trees in the main gallery listening to Christmas music performed live.“To think that we can have events like this in Troy, Alabama. I would never have been able to afford a ticket to an event like this when I was living in New Orleans. This was a world class event and would have easily cost $150 a ticket.”Metzger said the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center board of directors and volunteers worked hard to bring about the ‘gala’ that followed Jackson’s concert at The Studio across the street. Print Article Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like American Legion Auxiliary shares spirit of Christmas with veterans Members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 70 of Troy joined other units of American Legion District 35 in playing Santa… read more By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content By all accounts, “Christmas in the Center” Monday night was a tremendous success.More than 100 people came out to be entertained, to enjoy the fellowship of friends and neighbors and to support the arts in Pike County.“Christmas in the Center” was a fund-raising event for the Johnson Center for the Arts and the sense of seasonal giving far exceed the goal of $10,000, said Richard Metzger, executive director of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center. Center’s auctionlast_img read more

TroyFest artist Mary Ann Casey takes ‘best’ in Selma show

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits TroyFest artist Mary Ann Casey takes ‘best’ in Selma show Published 11:00 pm Thursday, April 18, 2013 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Latest Stories Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Casey’s 3-D sculpture titled “Golden Eggs,” was sculpted using paper, clay, wood and metal and described by the artist as an “inspirational piece.”“We all wear masks,” Casey said. “We stand behind labels, whether it be our education, our cars, our jobs. But we also have gifts – golden eggs – that we have been given. We are all born with gifts but so many people live their lives without ever recognizing their gifts and putting them to use.“Then, there are those who are bold enough to put their gifts out there publicly, without fear of rejection or ridicule, and let those gifts become a reality. That’s what ‘Golden Eggs’ is about – recognizing our gifts and then being bold enough to put them out there.”Casey said that poet Thomas Moore’s words encourage an openness that allows one’s talents to “flow freely.” For the second week in a row, local artists, who regularly show at TroyFest, have won ‘Best in Show’ honors at area arts festival.Glass artist Charles Adams won the award at Piney Woods Arts Festival in Enterprise April 2 and mixed media artist Mary Ann Casey was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the Selma Arts Review in Selma on Saturday.Morgan Drinkard, TroyFest committee member, said that TroyFest is honored to have local artists participate annually in TroyFest. “When we say that artists are coming from our community, we are talking about artists who show and win awards at arts festivals throughout the Southeast,” she said. “We are lucky to have them in our town and our county.”In addition to the “Best in Show” at the Selma Arts Review, Casey also received third place in the 3-D division for her piece titled, “Sacred Heart.”“I had put my heart and soul into the pieces for show and, to know that they touched others was humbling,” she said. “The awards lifted me up. I was honored but very humbled.” Email the author Book Nook to reopen You Might Like K-Day Fun For about 220 Troy Kindergarten students, the answer to the question, “What day is it?” was an enthusiastic “Kindergarten Day!”… read more Print Article “My work is inspired,” Casey said. “I try to allow my talents to flow freely and I do that best when I am inspired.”Drinkard said TroyFest is excited to have Casey and other local artist among the 80 artisans and craftsmen who will show at TroyFest on April 27 and 28 on the square in downtown Troy.“This year we have many of the familiar faces back at TroyFest, as well as new faces,” Drinkard said.“Tara Sartorius, who conducts our summer teacher workshops, has agreed to show her work. Randy Schults, who recently retired from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, will be here. Randy has incredible pottery. Folk artist Charlie Lucas is coming. Just so many wonderful artists and craftsmen.”Drinkard said the TroyFest website, troyfest.com, includes information about all participating artists with photographs.“We invite everyone to go to the website and learn more about all of the artists who will be participating,” she said.last_img read more

Air ambulances can put patients in damaging ‘financial risk’: Report

first_imgiStock/imaginewithme(NEW YORK) — Privately-insured patients may face damaging “financial risk” in the event of a medical emergency that requires transportation via air ambulance, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week.The report is the latest probe of an industry offering life-saving services – often a helicopter ride from the scene of critical injury to a hospital – that, critics say, can leave patients financially crippled.According to the GAO, first responders and physicians determine which air ambulance provider to call based on proximity or relationships, often without regard to a patient’s insurance plan, leaving many of those who are privately-insured with massive “balance bills,” or charges left to patients after private insurance is applied.While few Americans will need an air ambulance transport, the report reads, “those patients who do generally have no control over the decision to be transported by air ambulance or the selection of the air ambulance provider.”In 2017, 69% of all air ambulance transports for privately-insured patients were out-of-network, meaning the patient’s provider did not have a contract with the patient’s health insurance company, and therefore no pre-negotiated rate for the air ambulance service, either.Air ambulance providers and insurers the GAO interviewed saw a lot of out-of-network transports in 2017, but some say they’ve been seeing a recent uptick in network contracts. For example one large independent provider and a national insurer signed a contract covering patients in five states as of August 2018. A spokesperson for the American Association of Air Medical Services stands by the industry standard of requesting the closest air ambulance services available – regardless of whether it is covered by a patient’s insurance plan.“It is unconscionable to think that either the requesting physician or medically-trained first responder should try and determine who insures a patient or what that insurer may cover, or if that insurer has a contract with the responding service, during a medical emergency,” the spokesperson told ABC News.A 2016 ABC News investigation into the industry found that some patients were left with little recourse after receiving five-figure bills they could not pay. In many instances, patients’ insurance paid for a portion – but not all – of the amounts charged by the air ambulance companies. In some cases, those accounts were sent to debt collection, using what some patients told ABC News were aggressive tactics and which crippled them financially.The GAO has previously called for improvements in pricing disclosures to consumers in light of these hefty price tags, but their recent report found that the median prices charged for air ambulance services have only continued to rise.It is difficult to assess the full scope of the balance billing, the report notes, because there is a lack of comprehensive national data on the issue – an issue the GAO also flagged in its 2017 report.In its latest report, the GAO analyzes the most recent numbers available: a private health insurance data set for air ambulance transports that includes information on network status and prices charged (before insurance) in 2017. But it may not represent all private insurers, according to the GAO.The report also draws from interviews with officials in Florida, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and Texas – chosen for geographic distribution and the states’ varied approaches to limit balance billing. The GAO also interviewed air ambulance providers, health insurers and officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Department of Transportation.In an attempt to understand the magnitude of balance billing, the GAO turned to two states that recorded consumer complaints on specific incidents of balance billing from 2014 to 2018: Maryland and North Dakota.In Maryland, about two dozen complaints were filed regarding balance bills, which ranged from $12,300 to $52,000. In North Dakota, three dozen complaints specified balance bills ranging from $600 to $66,600.Insurance companies note that patients may not pay these in full if they reach agreements with their air ambulance providers and/or insurers. One air ambulance provider said patients can receive up to 50% off a bill if the patient agrees to pay the other 50% immediately. Other patients opt to offer the provider detailed financial information in return for a potential discount or payment plan.But this process is a long one, and one air ambulance provider told the GAO that patients who fail to respond to communications may face a collections process. Data provided by some providers showed that, even with discounts, patients still pay bills that reach into the thousands.In 2017, the report notes, the median price charged for a helicopter transport was $36,400, and the median price charged for a fixed-wing transport was $40,600. This represents an increase of 60% from 2012, when the median price charged for a helicopter transport was $22,100 and the median price for a fixed-wing transport was $24,900.There is currently no federal regulation on private insurance billing as it relates to air ambulance transports.In 2018, President Trump signed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, which required that the Department of Transportation, along with the Department of Health and Human Services, create an advisory committee to research and implement better ways to inform patients of charges and improve the disclosure of insurance options related to air medical services.The department is continuing to review applications to join the committee. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Police: Woman killed after stumbling across robbery while playing “Pokemon Go”

first_imgadamkaz/iStock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — A 21-year-old New Mexico woman was playing Pokemon Go with her boyfriend over the weekend when she was fatally shot after witnessing a robbery in progress, according to police.Cayla Campos and her boyfriend, who police identified by his first name, Sidney, were driving near Bianchetti Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, late Friday night when they allegedly witnessed two armed robbers targeting someone in another vehicle, police said Monday.Campos turned her car around and attempted to flee the scene, but the suspects spotted her and opened fire on her vehicle. She was struck by gunfire, causing her to crash into a nearby home, according to police. The suspects got away and there were no leads as of Monday night, police said.Investigators with the Albuquerque Police Department issued a statement Monday asking for the public’s help in finding the shooters.“The two vehicles involved were a red car (possibly a Ford Mustang) and a silver four door sedan,” the statement said. “APD is asking the victims of the ‘robbery’ or anyone else with information to please come forward. They can contact 242-COPS with information.”People who knew Campos described her as a playful young woman who dreamed of becoming a dentist someday. Cody Bell, who called Campos his “closest friend,” said her death has devastated their community.“She was just such an amazing person,” Bell told local station KRQE-TV. “I am really trying hard not to break down right now. … I feel like there is a piece of me that is missing now.”“Just knowing that I am never going to see her again or talk to her. … I am just sorry that her life was taken away so soon,” he added.Bell said Campos was a devoted Pokemon Go player who would always swing by the park to play before heading home at night.“Her and her boyfriend always make a loop around this park before they go home and play Pokemon Go because their apartment is literally right there,” Bell said.Other players of the popular game said the death has put the community on edge.“It definitely makes me think twice about where and when I’m playing,” Kody Love, a fellow Pokemon Go player, told Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT-TV. “There’s a lot of rough neighborhoods and times you probably shouldn’t be out.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more